Lesson 1 (from Chapters One and Two)
Chapters One and Two
In Chapter 1, the villagers found themselves praying more often trying to calm the outraged spirits of the slain people around them. The objective of this lesson is to discuss what villagers of Ky La believed about spirits.
1) Class Discussion: What was a spirit? What was another word for spirit? Why did spirits exist? When would Le Ly's family tell stories about the dead? Who were the dead people that they told stories about? What was the common pattern in each story? What differentiated the different spirits? Why did Le Ly compare the spirit world to a life in a distant city or exotic land across the sea?
2) Partner Discussion: Divide the class into groups of 2-3. Why was Le Ly afraid to stay with her Aunt Thu's family? Why did Le Ly learn not to be frightened of spirits? How did...
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